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The film tells of how Hannah Montana's popularity begins to take over Miley Stewart's life. Miley's father forces her to take a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters the most in her life.
Filming began in April 2008, much of it occurring in Columbia, Tennessee, and Los Angeles, California, and was completed in July 2008. The film was released in theaters on April 10, 2009 in the United States and Canada. As the teen sitcom originated on Disney Channel, Disney Channel premiered a teaser trailer of the film during their shows. The film enjoyed financial success, reaching #1 at the box office, but received a moderately mixed response from critics.
The film begins in the backstage of a concert hall. Robby Ray Stewart (Billy Ray Cyrus) is sighing as he looks at who we at first believe is Hannah Montana/Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) with her Hannah wig on. The camera then pans around for us to see that it is a mannequin head that is holding the wig.
The camera cuts to outside with a close up of many people running from cars then pans out to a large shot of the stadium the girls are running too. It then cuts to the box office, where the audience can see Miley and Lilly Truscott (Emily Osment) pushing through to the box office.
They attempt to enter the concert as Miley is late, but they are turned away. Lilly makes a joke about Miley being the only superstar who can’t even get into her own concert. Miley then notices a security golf cart, with the guard leaving it unattended to help a girl find her family.
The camera then cuts to Miley and Lilly driving through the halls of the stadium trying to run from the guard while also trying to find Miley’s dressing room. They then drive through a poster of Hannah screaming, while the head from the poster winds up on Miley’s face, a “coincidental” placing.
Miley and Lilly finally reach the dressing room and Robby rushes them inside brushing off the guard that was chasing them.
We then see a scene of Miley putting on the make-up, the mascara, and the clothes, abruptly pushing Robby out the door for the changing clothes part. The camera then cuts one last time to show Miley putting on her blonde hair, becoming Hannah.
Hannah and Robby then walk out of the dressing room, while Lilly wishes her good luck. The camera then changes to under the stage while Hannah and Robby walk under the stage and Hannah bangs her head on one of the poles.
Robby reminds her that she always bumps her head then tells her it’s her turn to do the dishes. Hannah complains then that she already did them, but Robbie reminds her that’s what she gets for the best of both worlds.
Hannah then rises on a platform singing “Best of Both Worlds”. The camera then zooms in on a video playing in the background, a music video on a beach for the song she’s singing.
The video then becomes the actual scene and the music starts skipping causing Hannah to say “best of both” around seven times. The filming of the video ends and Hannah returns to her tent to change. Before she takes off her wig, a man peeks through her clothes causing her to scream. The man asks for her autograph for his daughters, and asks for a picture before Hannah’s manager, Vita (Vanessa Williams), stops him and introduces Hannah to Oswald Granger (Peter Gunn), a British reporter who tries to ruin superstars lives. After kicking him out of the tent, the audience sees he’s left a camera on the couch. Vita and Hannah talk about how dangerous it would be if he had found out her secret, Vita then sits on the couch blocking the camera resulting in Oswald being unable to see her remove her wig or put it back on, though the audience doesn’t see this either. Vita and Hannah leave the tent, then Oswald sneaks back in and takes the camera and listens to the two speaking on his camera, wondering what the secret is.
The scene cuts to a volleyball hitting Miley on the head causing her to fall to the ground. Everyone walks past her, leaving her to pick herself up and walk out of the gym. She goes to her locker only to be approached by Vita telling her Beyonce is sick and Hannah will perform at the New York Music Awards. The two run out of the school, with Lilly quickly telling Hannah not to forget her Sweet 16 birthday party.
The scene changes to Hannah in a mall looking at gifts for Lilly, as it’s her Sweet 16 birthday. She continues getting several calls from her father and from Lilly. The camera cuts briefly to Robby Ray and Jackson (Jason Earles) waiting for Miley.
The screen then cuts back to the mall where Hannah sees a pair of shoes and walks up and admires them, picking up one.
A woman next to her, Tyra Banks, turns and claims she saw them first. Hannah and Tyra fight for the shoes continuously, Hannah even throwing one of the shoes at the wall next to Tyra, which it sticks like a flying star, and then they continue fighting. The scene then cuts to Hannah and Vita getting into her limo, Hannah claiming she didn’t get the shoes.
As they drive away, Oswald drives in a car after them. While in the car, Hannah sees that Oswald is following them which stresses her out because she doesn’t want to get out of the limo as Miley, revealing her secret, but also can’t go to Lilly’s party as Hannah as it’s Lilly’s party not Hannah’s.
Robby then calls Miley then gets hung up on. The scene then cuts to Lilly calling Miley, reminding her to hurry, while still taking more and more gifts from people. It then shows Oliver (Mitchel Musso) and Rico (Moises Arias) working on Lilly’s cake.
Rico explains that the cake will light with sparklers and spring out a “Happy Birthday Lilly” sign when he presses the button. The scene then cuts to Hannah hanging up on Robby’s phone call. We then see the limo park at the pier; Hannah then rushes out followed by Oswald.
The camera then shows people skateboarding on a ramp, and then closes up on Lilly about to fall only to be caught by a guy who is obviously attractive to her. Then everyone starts screaming for Hannah as she has run into the party still in Hannah wear, and the guy who had caught Lilly lets go of her causing her to fall. Lilly gets up and walks to the crowd only to look at Hannah in sadness. Hannah says she’ll make it up to Lilly who responds that she never will.
Lilly then sadly walks out and accidentally tells Oswald that Hannah is from a place called Crowley Coroners, Tennessee, not realizing that he is a journalist. Hannah then is put on stage to sing “Let’s Get Crazy” and keeps telling Lilly to stay for cake.
Robby tells Oliver to get the cake ready to stop Lilly from leaving. The cake is set off but instead explodes splattering cake on everyone, and Rico slowly rises out holding the sign covered in icing.
The scene then cuts to evening at the beach. We see Vita on the computer, interrupted by Robby who throws a magazine and a newspaper of Tyra and Hannah’s fight onto her computer.
He gets mad at Vita saying Hannah is not going to New York for the music awards and instead will go to her Grandma Ruby’s birthday in Tennessee.
However, Miley and Vita keep trying to convince him to let Miley go, saying they’ll even get a private jet to hurry her to New York and then to Tennessee. Robby agrees, although it’s clear he has something else planned.
The scene changes to inside the private jet which Miley steps out in her Hannah garb from the washroom then sits down in a chair complaining about the small bathroom. Robby closes the wind and then dozes off.
The scene then cuts to Hannah coming out of the plane saying hi to New York, only to see a cow, and realizes that they are not in New York but in Tennessee.
Robby then comes out and points out Jackson in a rusty pick up truck saying her limo’s here. The scene cuts then to inside the car where Jackson, Hannah, Robby and a dog are driving to Grandma Ruby’s home. Hannah then hears that Robby is putting Hannah on hiatus for two weeks.
Hannah gets angry and has them stop the car. She storms out of the car, takes her luggage then starts walking. She then places her luggage near a fence and sits on it. Hannah then talks to Robby about how Hannah means so much to her; Robby then says that’s the problem.
A white horse then trots up and bites Hannah’s wig off her. Miley stands up and confused, rips the hair from the horse calling it a rude name. Robby shakes his head, telling her that the horse is Blue Jeans, her old horse.
Miley then, clearly shocked, goes back and pets Blue Jeans. Robby and Jackson then drive off and Miley watches them go. She then takes off her Hannah wig and hair and puts them away, then climbs over the fence onto Blue Jeans. She then tells Blue Jeans to stay still so she can pick up her luggage.
Miley then falls off Blue and watches her horse run off. A boy on a horse then gallops past with a lasso racing after Blue Jeans. He eventually catches Blue Jeans and brings the horse back to Miley, explaining Blue Jeans isn’t good with strangers.
Miley then tells the boy that the horse is hers, causing the boy to introduce himself as Travis, a boy whom she played with when they were both in Grade 1. He then says he use to have a crush on her but is over it now, which Miley clearly is sad about.
The scene then changes to Travis, Miley and the two horses “pulling up” to Ruby’s house. Miley climbs off and thanks Travis and then walks into Ruby’s house where the family is singing.
They ask her to join in but she clearly doesn’t want to. The song ends, then Ruby pulls her aside and thanks her for the Elvis plate for her birthday. Robby then pulls her aside asking her to hand out cake.
As she does this, Robby takes the plates and is told by Ruby to introduce himself to Lorelai, a very beautiful woman in the other room. Robby asks if Ruby’s doing her matchmaking, which she clearly is but swears she isn’t.
Robby goes to introduce himself, but when he does Robbie then trips on the dog and breaks all of Ruby’s plates. He catches the Elvis plate and when he holds it up the fan breaks it as well.
The scene changes to outside the house in which Rascal Flatts are singing “Bless the Broken Road”, then cuts to Miley in her room, then finds out from Ruby who enters that Miley’s mother chose the wallpaper, causing Miley to tear up.
The next morning, Miley wakes up saying it’s “Operation: Save Hannah”. She then walks downstairs in country outfit including overalls, and then walks out to feed the chickens.
As she does, the chickens swarm her because she doesn’t think to drop the pail. Miley then takes the eggs from the chickens and puts them in her overalls. Eventually she trips over a chicken and falls back. When she stands up she then puts her hands in her pockets only to feel the broken eggs. The scene then cuts to Miley walking in the house where she hands her father an egg, but sees they already had breakfast. Ruby tells her to clean up as she’s going to take Miley to town with her to sell jam and fruit, and tells Robby that the truck needs fixing. Robby then walks outside to see someone is already working on it, only to find out that it’s Lorelai working on it as foreman.
The scene then switches to Miley and Ruby driving to the town, stopped by a train. Ruby tells Miley about how someone wants to tear down the land to make a mall, which excites Miley, but then Miley pretends that it’s bad that the mall will be put up. The scene then cuts to Ruby and Miley nearby a model of the new mall. Mr. Bradley, the man wanting to tear down the land, hands Miley a brochure of the new mall, and then says hi to Ruby. Miley and Ruby then walk off carrying jam and meet an elderly man who knows Ruby and says how grown up Miley is now. Miley replies with a rude comment, and walks off. Ruby then stops Miley and tells her that she isn’t fooling her that she doesn’t like being in Tennessee. Miley apologizes then follows Ruby to a stall where Ruby then tells her to cut samples of watermelon while she goes off to use her bad mood to tell off Mr. Bradley. Miley starts to cut samples when she sees that Oswald has followed her to her hometown. She then leaves the stall and follows Oswald to a salsa stall. Oswald tries some mild salsa and likes it, but the stall vendor leaves and when Oswald is looking away, Miley switches the salsa with extra hot salsa, which Oswald then eats. Oswald begins dancing around, his mouth on fire. Oswald then drinks water from a dog dish. Miley then lowers a truck’s back causing several potatoes to fall out and head to Oswald. Oswald then trips on the potatoes and falls onto the model of the mall, and is then helped up by Miley and Ruby.
The two then take him to some nearby steps and sit down. He asks Miley if she knows Hannah and Miley making a plan up tells him yes and her and Ruby then give him false directions.
The scene then cuts to Oswald outside a dingy shack and calling inside for Hannah. He then gets surprised by a bird that flies out the window causing Oswald to fall off the porch and down the hill into the mud. His phone then rings and answers it to find out it’s his extremely annoying boss asking where he is. His phone beeps signaling another message. He picks it up to find out it’s his daughters and tells them to hold, he then turns back to his other phone call and tells his boss he’s after Hannah only to find out his girls are also listening due to a three-way call he initiates accidentally. The girls yell and scream happily and tell him to get her autograph, they then hang up and the boss hangs up. Oswald then makes his way to climb out of the mud.
The scene changes to where Travis is walking in a barn only to hear Miley singing. Miley then stops upon seeing Travis listening then follows him out when he slightly insults her singing. She follows him out into a broken chicken coop, and then is told he can sell eggs if he fixes the chicken coop. The audience then watches the two begin to work on the chicken coop and also posting posters around for a fundraiser, which Oswald then looks at. They begin talking but realize they’re going to be late and head to the fundraiser.
The scene cuts to the fundraiser where Robby Ray is singing “Back to Tennessee”. The song then ends and we see Lorelai and Robby talk only for him to then walk to Miley’s table. Taylor Swift walks on the stage and begins to sing “Crazier”, in which Miley then tells Robby to hurry up and dance with Lorelai. Robby then gets up and begins to dance with her.
Travis approaches Miley and asks her to dance as well. They begin dancing and enjoying each other’s company. Taylor finishes her song and thanks the audience, and then Travis asks Miley to sing. He drags her to the stage in which she then gets on stage. She sings “Hoedown Throwdown” in which the patrons of the fundraiser dance to. Miley joins them in dancing, the audience then sees Oswald walk in. The song then ends and people congratulate her. Mr. Bradley then mocks them for trying to raise money when they’ll never have anyone popular enough to raise money unless they get the Beatles. Travis then shouts out that Miley knows Hannah Montana and could get her to come. We see Robby, Jackson, Lorelai, Oswald, and Ruby’s reactions. Miley then agrees to call Hannah.
The scene changes to the street in Crumbly Falls (again, not sure on the name, it’s been a long day). A limo drives down the street, a hand waving to people, girls screaming that it’s Hannah Montana. Oswald begins to follow the limo once again. The limo arrives at Ruby’s house, Vita gets out and greets Miley, then “Hannah” gets out and the audience sees it’s Lilly. Lilly and Miley hug, while far off Oswald takes photos from a tree. Miley and Lilly head inside, then hug once again inside. They keep apologizing to each other until Lorelai knocks on the door.
Not wanting to be Hannah but not wanting Lorelai to see Lilly’s face as Hannah, they quickly shuffle around and Lorelai enters. Miley is spraying the room with a small bottle as a towel covers “Hannah’s” face.
Miley then sits down and massages “Hannah’s” feet. Lorelai asks to talk to Hannah, but Miley then has to leave to talk to her Dad, leaving Lorelai to massage her feet.
Miley then walks outside and tries to tell her father that “Hannah” is here and that it’s Lilly but he sees Lorelai massaging Lilly’s feet from a ladder and climbs down only to find out that it’s Lilly. Robby rushes inside and into Miley’s room and talks to Lorelai.
Jackson joins Miley outside and climbs up on the ladder. Robby and Lorelai talk with each other and then are about to kiss which Jackson says, only to be stopped by Lilly’s snore. Lorelai then closes the window causing the ladder to fall back.
Jackson then winds up landing in Ruby’s prized squash field with a large squash on his head. The scene then changes to Miley, Ruby, Lilly, Jackson and Vita talking and eating squash cookies, which Ruby made from her broken prized squash.
Lilly then notices Travis outside and expresses her wish to have him, only for Miley to say he’s taken, but then corrects herself saying she doesn’t know if they could have a relationship and thinks they are just friends but that he hasn’t met Hannah yet. Miley then walks outside as Hannah and begins talking to Travis only to find out Travis does indeed like Miley.
Hannah then runs off and changes to Miley who then puts paint on her outfit as she is next to the chicken coop, then begins painting the coop. Travis joins her then after talking for a short time, asks her to dinner.
Upon returning to the house Hannah begins trying to find a dress with Lilly and Ruby’s help only to find out from Robby that Hannah agreed to go to a dinner with the mayor. Robby then tells her that she’ll have to make a decision.
The scene changes to Travis outside a restaurant named Georgio’s Holding Flowers. Hannah then drives past looking out the window at Travis sadly.
They arrive at the mayor’s office and Hannah signs some autographs then heads inside. Hannah meets the mayor and then meets other people. The scene quickly cuts to the restaurant where Travis is sitting waiting for Miley.
The scene cuts back and we see Hannah looking out the window as the Mayor welcomes Hannah but notices her chair empty. Hannah then signals that she’s at the window and goes to sit down but says she has to go to the washroom. She then rushes into a custodial room and changes into Miley and rushes out of the hall she was in.
She then walks into the restaurant and Travis says she is wearing only one earring in which she tosses behind her. Her phone then rings which she takes out the back of the restaurant then rushes back to the hall, only for her to be seen rushing in by a little girl.
She then sits at the table and is now wearing a bib with the Mayor’s face on a lobster posted on the bib. She then has to leave again and her and Jackson cross under the table when he looks for their cousin’s ferret.
Miley then runs out once more into the restaurant this time wearing the bib, saying she’ll have the lobster to which Travis says there isn’t lobster. Miley then rushes out again saying she’s going to check on the lobster.
This continues for a while until while the food is at the table, Travis sees Miley rushing into the hall.
Hannah is then waiting for dessert when they have Tennessee flambé, but unfortunately the ferret climbs up the mayor’s leg. The flambé then flares out of control to which Robby puts it out.
Hannah then rushes downstairs and into the revolving doors which the camera then watches going slowly as she takes off her wig and makeup while being in the door with the same little girl who saw Miley running in.
Then while still in the door, Travis walks in and he and Miley meet eyes. Travis then walks out of the door and Miley follows begging him not to leave. Travis, now knowing she is Hannah, tells her that he doesn’t care anymore and leaves. Miley then walks back inside distraught and sees her Dad and asks if he saw to which he responds “yes”.
Miley begins to head down the stairs but stops when Lorelai starts talking to her father. Miley watches sadly as Robby sacrifices a relationship with Lorelai for her. Miley then rushes out.
The scene cuts to Miley, in a small gazebo-like shelter, writing her music while the rain pours. The scene then fades briefly to Travis working in the barn, then fades back to Miley. Robby then walks into the gazebo and puts a towel on Miley’s shoulders and asks about her song. She then sings “Butterfly Fly Away” with her father accompanying.
The scene then cuts to Miley in her bed, obviously restless. She then gets out and the camera cuts to the next day where Miley is asleep on top of the now finished chicken coop.
Lilly walks up to her and calls to her, in which Miley then falls off the roof and onto some bales of hay. They talk and then Miley realizes she has to get ready for the concert.
The scene cuts to the concert where Ruby pushes through the crowd and then passes through the security into the tour bus where Miley is sitting. She talks to Miley about how proud she is and takes her hand, then puts something in her hand. Miley takes her hand back and sees a necklace which she realizes is her mother. Ruby tells her that her mother would also be proud of her.
Miley thanks Ruby who then leaves. The scene briefly cuts to Travis who sees the chicken coop Miley finished, and realizing his mistake, he gets on his horse and gallops off.
The scene cuts back to the concert where Hannah gets on stage and begins singing “Rockstar” only to stop, saying, “[I] can’t do this.” Miley then removes her wig to everyone’s shock, apologizing for the hurt she’s caused her friends and family and saying she can’t do this in her home town.
She then sings “The Climb” and is cheered on by everyone after the song and says good-bye to Hannah. But then the girl, the one who saw Miley running in and out of the city hall, tells her to keep being Hannah and that they will keep her secret.
They all cheer Hannah until Miley then puts her wig back on, only for Oswald to show again and take a picture of her putting her wig back on. Everyone tries to stop him until Travis, Vita, Robby, and Hannah corner him next to the stage.
He then threatens to send the photo if they take another step, only to see his daughters rush forward saying the concert’s amazing. Vita tells him that sending the picture would ruin the dreams of people everywhere including his daughters’. Realizing his mistake he tells off his boss and deletes the message.
Everyone walks off but Travis stops Hannah before heading back out and they finally kiss. Hannah then runs out and sings, “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home”. While doing so she then walks on to a truck with her back-up dancers.
As it drives through she sees Lorelai and Robby kissing and waving, Jackson making an “L” with his hand, and Travis smiling at her. “The End” then appears on the screen. The credits begin to roll with an instrumental version of “Hoedown Throwdown” playing as the cast and crew dance to the song.
- Miley Cyrus as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana
- Billy Ray Cyrus as Robby Ray Stewart
- Emily Osment as Lilly Truscott
- Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart
- Mitchel Musso as Oliver Oken
- Moises Arias as Rico Suave
- Lucas Till as Travis Brody
- Vanessa L. Williams as Vita, Hannah Montana's personal assistant
- Margo Martindale as Grandma Ruby
- Peter Gunn as Oswald Granger, a sneaky undercover journalist for a British magazine, BonChic, who sets out to discover Hannah Montana's secret and expose it to the world.
- Jared Carter as Derrick
- Melora Hardin as Lorelai, Robby's love interest.
- Barry Bostwick as Mr. Bradley, the land developer that is attempting to build a mall on the towns site.
- Beau Billingslea as the Mayor of Crowley Corners
- Katrina Hagger Smith as the mayor's wife
- Emily Grace Reaves as Cindy Lou
- Jane Carr as Lucinda, Oswald's intimadating boss and the editor of BonChic.
- Taylor Swift as herself
- Rascal Flatts as themselves
- Josh Childs as store manager
- Steve Rushton as himself (Lilly's birthday band)
- Bucky Covington as himself (Fundraiser band)
- Tyra Banks (uncredited) as herself
|"The best idea is that I miss home. So if we could maybe film in Nashville and everyone could see our house and where we live, that we have a farm, that would be really exciting."|
While attending at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus said they were planning to make a film adaptation for their TV series Hannah Montana, which debuted on Disney Channel on March 24, 2006, and expected it to be a feature film, rather than a Disney Channel Original Movie.
Since writers were still working on the script for the movie, Cyrus was free to share whatever ideas she may had for the upcoming project. She said that, at the time, the best concept she has thought of involves going back to her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Since Hannah Montana is taped at Tribune Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Cyrus spends most of her time away from her beloved home. She spends up to eight and a half hours a day working on the set, but her hours could get longer once she becomes a legal adult.
Billy Ray Cyrus shared further details about the script: "There'll be a lot of similarities [to the show], and the fact that Miley is so real, her music is real, we'll keep a lot of that realism," the 45-year-old country artist revealed. "But I think we'll go a little further with the comedy. And it's going to be on the big screen, so we'll try to make everything look bigger." The movie went into production on an estimated $30 million budget.
On the April 2 episode of "The Miley & Mandy Show" series on YouTube Miley spoke to Ryan Seacrest and she spoke on flying to Tennessee in "two weeks" and would be staying for several months. She went to say there would be many guest stars, and herself riding horses and attending school.
Filming began in April 2008 in Los Angeles, California and Columbia, Tennessee. It entered post-production in July 2008. The beginning of the film was shot in Los Angeles, California, United States, including Franklin High School and Santa Monica Beach. Several of scenes were filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, based on Cyrus and her father's hometown, for the scene that Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana's travels back home, with Fairground scenes filmed near the end of the movie.
There is a carnival scene filmed at Smiley Hollow in Ridgetop, TN where Peter Gunn's character hunts for the real Hannah in the crowd and he finds Jackson selling 'Hannah wigs' and everyone around him looks like Hannah from the back so he turns them all around looking for the real one.
A song called "Backwards" (co-written by Marcel and Tony Mullins and recorded by Rascal Flatts) and a song by Taylor Swift, "Crazier," was featured in the movie as well as two hit songs by UK rocker Steve Rushton. Also filmed there were a few musical numbers, including "The Climb", and "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home". 500 paid extras and 1500 volunteer extras were on hand during filming of these scenes. The movie features two songs by UK artist Steve Rushton, including hit song "Game Over". Steve wrote both songs and performs them at Lilly's birthday party on Santa Monica Pier. In some scenes, Miley will be riding horses.
A scene was filmed in the Cool Springs Galleria Mall (south of Nashville). It was filmed in the woman's shoe department of the Belk store. Miley Cyrus, Vanessa L. Williams, and Tyra Banks were all in the scene. Hannah fights with Tyra over a pair of shoes. Scenes were also filmed at Franklin High School. The school stood in for the fictional Seaview High School in which Miley and Lilly attend.
On June 3, 2008, there was an accident on the set during the filming. A huge wind blew a projection screen into a Ferris wheel full of passengers, who were extras for the movie. Fortunately, there was no serious injury. "When the wind caught it, all the cables were loose. It started [flying]," extra Brenda Blackford told Nashville station WKRN-TV. "I was watching to see which corner of it was gonna hit the Ferris wheel, because it was unavoidable." Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray were not on the set when the accident happened. Disney stated: "During a break in the filming of Hannah Montana: The Movie, a minor accident occurred involving a piece of production equipment. Fortunately, there were only a few minor injuries. Medical personnel have treated the extras and crew involved. None of the cast was on the set. Filming has resumed.
On January 15, 2009, the film's official trailer was released, along with the official poster on a website, as a sneak peek of the film was released on December 2008 on Disney Channel, including on New Year's Eve.
On February 16, 2009, an exclusive Disney Channel preview was premiered alongside the music videos "The Climb" and "Hoedown Throwdown" from the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack previewed by Miley Cyrus. Cyrus also promoted the film and performed the film's lead single "The Climb" on various talk shows including, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show, and Rachael Ray. She also performed her song on American Idol on April 16, 2009.
A video game based on the film was released on April 7, 2009, three days before the film's release. The game was revealed by ESRB.
The film was issued a G rating from the MPAA for all ages admitted. The premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie was held on April 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, The UK premiere was held in London on April 23, 2009 and was released in cinemas (UK and Ireland) on May 1, 2009. Play Along Toys released dolls and toys based on the film.
On its opening day, the film grossed $17,436,095, and earned $32,324,487 on its opening weekend, with a $10,367 average from 3,118 theaters, earning the #1 spot. However, the film lost 58% of its gross its second weekend, as it got the #3 spot its second weekend, earning $13,406,217 and $4,300 average and gaining 113 theaters. The film ended up grossing $79,576,189 in the US and Canada, and $75,969,090 overseas, and a total of $155,545,279 worldwide. The film beat the motion-picture animated film Coraline which, garnered a total of $124,596,398 in theaters, but came after the film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit which grossed a total of $192,610,372.
The film received generally mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes scored the film a 44% based on 119 reviews, and the average made 5.2 out of 10 average rating. Metacritic gives a score of 47% based on 25 reviews, indicating mixed or average reviews.
Entertainment Weekly praised: "The surface lesson of the movie is that celebrity looks easy but is hard. The real lesson, as always, is that since even Miley has to work overtime to be Hannah, every girl in the audience — if she tries hard enough — can become the star she longs to be".
Peter Hartlaub from San Francisco Chronicle praised: "Hannah Montana: The Movie isn't an abomination. The characters are wholesome, the plot is easy to follow and the songs all sound the same, so you can really only get one stuck in your head at a time. But even as adults give their blessing for prepubescent moviegoers to see the film, they should be plotting to stay as far away from the theater as possible. If you're no longer old enough to carry a Hannah Montana lunch box, this movie will feel like punishment."
Atomic Popcorn stated: "Hip-hop and country. Like the Hannah Montana's theme song says, "You get the best of both worlds." Ten minutes before the movie started, the two rows of what looked to be 14-year-old girls started singing the TV show theme song. Over and over again. The little 6- to 10-year-old girls that filled the rest of the theater were singing along and dancing in their seats. My 16-year-old daughter said with a big smile on her face, 'Isn't this fun?' I said, with as much of a smile as I could muster, 'A little bit.'"
Blogcritics also viewed for the film: "This movie definitely hit the target audience mark with the best opening day for a live action, G-rated movie. The predictable ending strays from the fun tone to address drama from the two main character arcs. Some stereotypes and commercialism weaken the movie, but target and general audiences can find a wide variety of appealing elements here while Hannah fans won't be disappointed."
- Main article: Hannah Montana videography
Hannah Montana: The Movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on August 18, 2009. Hannah Montana: The Movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 7 in the UK. It was also released on DVD, Blu-ray and Disney Digital in Australia on October 21. First week sales were strong with 1,232,725 DVD copies sold and over $20 million in revenue. Total DVD sales to date stand at 3,610,964 and $61 million in revenue. Extras include behind the scenes, bloopers, sneak peeks and more.
There were 3 editions released:
- The 1-disc DVD (the normal DVD)
- The 2-disc DVD (normal DVD and digital copy)
- The 3-disc Blu-ray (the Blu-ray disc, the normal DVD and the digital copy)
Awards and nominations
|MTV Movie Awards|
|2009||Best Song from a Movie||Miley Cyrus (for the song "The Climb")||Won|
|Breakthrough Performance Female||Miley Cyrus||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards|
|2009||Choice Movie Actress: Music/Dance||Miley Cyrus||Won|
|Choice Hissy Fit||Won|
|Choice Movie Actor: Music/Dance||Jason Earles||Won|
|Choice Movie Fresh Face Female||Emily Osment||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Liplock||Miley Cyrus and Lucas Till||Won|
|Choice Music Single||Miley Cyrus(for the song "The Climb")||Won|
|Choice Movie: Music/Dance||Movie||Won|
|Choice Music Album: Soundtrack||Won|
|Peoples Choice Awards|
|2010||Favorite Family Movie||Cast||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards|
|2010||Favorite Movie Actress||Miley Cyrus||Won|
|Golden Raspberry Awards|
|2010||Worst Actress||Miley Cyrus||Nominated|
|Worst Supporting Actor||Billy Ray Cyrus||Won|
The film made its world premiere on Disney Channel on November 19, 2010, where it drew 4.6 million viewers.
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